Blowing Rocks Nature Preserve on Jupiter Island Florida is an unforgettably beautiful stretch of coast donated by residents of Jupiter Island to The Nature Conservancy. When Atlantic cold fronts or distant hurricanes generate large ground swells, the crashing waves send plumes of spray as high as twenty five feet through holes in the Anastasia Limestone. A “super moon” combined with a hurricane swell on September 12, 2021 created a “gesyer” spectacle of a magnitude not seen in many years! Blowing Rocks features the largest outcropping of Anastasia or Coquina (as the Spaniards originally named) on Florida’s east coast and provides landscape photographers a distinctive variation on the typically flat Florida barrier island. What’s more, vegetation and wildflowers such as Sea Oats, Sea Purslane, Dune Sunflowers, Palmetto Palms and Sea Grapes frame the spectacular rocks and beach–making wonderful photographic foregrounds!
Photography Notes: Nikon Z7ii, Tripod, 10-stop neutral density filter, exposures ranging from 1/20 of a second to 3 seconds, Lens cleaning spray bottle, microfiber clothe, plastic cover to protect camera from salt spray! Processing: Lightroom Black and White Conversion
Blowing Rocks Preserve Location Workshop is included in Bob Gibson’s “Photographing Jupiter Florida” 8-week course beginning Wednesday, January 11 at Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art. in Tequesta, Florida. For details, go to https://lighthousearts.org/our-classes/adult-classes/photography/